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Preparing for Inspection 5


Knowing the enemy and knowing yourself leads to a hundred victories without danger.

This is a saying from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War," meaning that if you know your enemy and yourself, you will not be endangered in a hundred battles.


When selling a house, one of the most feared moments for sellers might be the inspection, especially for houses that have not been well-maintained for a long time.


However, if you know in advance what aspects are checked during the inspection and take care of fixable issues beforehand or prepare mentally, you might be able to handle the buyer's demands more confidently.


So, let's continue from the previous post and explore what aspects are checked during an inspection.



Doors and Windows

  • Naturally, it's essential to check if doors and windows open and close properly. Especially for upward-opening windows, make sure they don't close on their own. If they do, you can adjust the tension spring or tighten it further. You don't need to replace the window.

  • Check if the locks on doors and windows work well. Particularly for vinyl frames, sometimes the top part of the window bends, preventing proper locking. If this happens, try to lock the window somehow and leave it as it is to allow the deformed frame to return to its place.

  • Ensure there are no broken windows. If there are any, it's advisable to fix them promptly. If it's a window that separates from the frame, you can take it directly to window companies (not installation companies but manufacturers) and usually get it fixed inexpensively and quickly.

  • For double-pane windows, check if the seal between the two glasses is broken. There's argon gas between them for insulation, but if the seal breaks, the gas escapes, and moisture fills the space, making it foggy. Again, local window companies can fix this at a reasonable cost.



Floor

  • Check for areas where there's excessive noise or creaking when walked upon. If there's too much noise, especially from the floor, many buyers might turn away, regardless of how beautiful the house is.

  • Look for potential tripping hazards. Often found in joints where different floor materials meet or where floorboards have uneven heights.



Garage Door

  • Ensure the garage door opens and closes smoothly. Check it using the remote, the switch inside the garage, and the keypad outside.

  • Verify the position of the laser sensor at the bottom of the rail. If it's too high, small pets or toddlers might not trigger it, leading to accidents. So, the sensor should be placed low enough.


In the next post, we'll cover information related to the exterior.

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